Awards thank those who help others


People who work quietly behind the scenes to benefit others could be in line to be presented with a Lord Mayor’s Award.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the scheme and nominations are now open. There are no age limits and nominations are welcome from all walks of life. Nominees must live in Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable or a village in the district. The deadline to put someone forward is Friday 13 July.

Entries will be judged by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Colin Spooner, and a representative from each of the political groups at the city council. The awards will be presented at a council meeting in October.

Cllr Spooner said reading the nominations and deciding on the winners would be one of the highlights of his year in office.

He said: “I met so many wonderful volunteers during my year as Sheriff, so even if only some of them come in as nominations, it’s going to be really difficult to choose.

“This is a great initiative in any year, but this one is extra special given it’s the 20th anniversary of the awards, and I hope we will have a bumper crop of entries. If you know of anyone who deserves to be recognised, please get in touch.”

Nomination forms are available online, from city council offices, by calling the Lord Mayor’s office on 01227 862080 or by emailing